Money, Spin and the Texas Governor's Race: Wendy Davis Still Unlikely to Win
Moreover, 2014 is an off-year election without the cache of a presidential race to draw those more reluctant voters to the polls. This partially explains the Tea Party wave in 2010 -- conservatives were anxious to go to the polls, younger voters stayed home. This is not good for Davis as she is trying to broaden a coalition of voters.
After gaining national prominence for filibustering an abortion bill that was eventually going to pass anyways -- and ask yourself why you had a different reaction to her filibuster versus Ted Cruz's megalomaniac filibuster on a bill that had already been passed and tested in the courts -- she sponsored a bill that would legalize sobriety checkpoints, but never passed. She has introduced a number of bills, but even her own website only talks about a few of them. What is more, Davis has some skeletons in her closet vis-a-vis the law firm she runs and awarding contracts for public works. And now there are reports that she is publishing her memoir next fall. While this is a typical rite of passage for politicians seeking higher office, one wonders how thick this volume will be: what exactly has Wendy Davis accomplished? (And as an aside, who buys self-serving drivel like this from any politician?).
Would Davis be a better governor than Abbott? Yes, even though Texas is known for having a weak executive, Abbott is "severely" conservative. Is Davis perhaps a more energetic and charismatic candidate than the tripe Texas Democrats have offered up in the past? Yes. Is Davis likely positioning herself for future campaigns and making a state-wide name? Yes, and that's fine.
But 2014 won't be the year the Democrats recapture the governorship.